Pleopeltis polypodioides, 22 January 2023

Pleopeltis polypodioides, the Resurrection fern;
Flagler county, Florida (22 January 2023).

With a recent bout of (somewhat chilly) rain just behind us, our local Resurrection ferns are alive and kicking right now. This epiphytic fern can thin out, turn brown, and appear somewhat dead during our dry spells, but a bit of rain seemingly reanimates it as it springs to life, flashing thick, strong tones of ferny-green across its host’s nearly-always-brown limbs. If I had to pick a favorite group of plants, it would probably be any of our varied plants that scratch out a living growing on other plants. Epiphytic plants are awesome adaptors, and the Resurrection fern may be my favorite of all of them.

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